From Cringe to Epic Fail: Reddit Ranks Hollywood's 5 Worst Movie Franchises
It would have been better if the creators had stopped after the first movie.
After initial success, Hollywood producers often lose their minds and decide to keep making movies until audiences and critics are completely disgusted with what is happening on the screen. This is the fate of many franchises.
We've picked five franchises that Reddit says have become a black mark on the face of Hollywood.
5. Saw (2004- ...)
James Wan's first movie was well received by audiences and made a huge box office. So the producers decided not to wait and released a sequel every year until 2010, and then relaunched the franchise in 2017.
What started out as an innovative and exciting horror movie quickly turned into a confusing mess of gratuitous violence and nonsensical plot twists. As the franchise spawned new sequels, the films increasingly focused on gruesome torture scenes rather than a cohesive narrative.
4. The Fast and the Furious (2001-...)
The Fast and the Furious franchise is a prime example of a big screen series that has long since become obsolete. While the first few films were entertaining and featured street racing and heists, the later installments turned into overstuffed action spectacles.
The plot has become secondary to its original intent, leaving no room for character development and compelling storytelling.
3. Police Academy (1984-1998)
The first movie was a pretty good buddy comedy about losers who want to be cops. But the initial success was followed by many more sequels and even two TV shows that eventually turned the franchise into a mix of cheap humor, repetitive gags, and lame narratives.
Police Academy has seven films, but only one is remembered by audiences.
2. Air Bud (1997-2013)
It's hard to imagine who came up with the idea of making a movie about a dog who can play basketball, but the first film managed to attract some audiences.
But then the weird mix of family entertainment and absurdity got even weirder, as the golden retriever learned to play soccer, baseball, volleyball, and, in 2009, went to space with his friends (Space Buddies).
Although the franchise made money up to a point, it was quickly forgotten by viewers after it ended.
1. Children of the Corn (1984-2018)
Based on a short story by Stephen King, the movie had the potential to create a chilling horror universe. After the moderate success of the first film, a sequel followed immediately.
As the Children of the Corn franchise evolved, the same concept was told over and over again. The plot always revolved around a group of child killers in a cornfield.
The movies didn't even make much money at the box office, but with their low budgets, they easily paid for themselves and made a minimal profit.